10 Facts About Organic Food

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Think you're an organic aficionado? Then you know that some organic foods pack more nutrients than conventional foods, but there are also some surprising facts about organics that you may have missed. Read on to find out more about organic food.


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When organic food travels long distances to market, it creates pollution that may offset any positive environmental effects of organic farming

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Researchers note that there is not a significant difference between organic and conventional food in nutritional value.

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Organic food is typically more expensive than conventional food, sometimes 50% higher than the same conventionally grown food.

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A conventionally grown apple may be sprayed up to 16 times with over 30 different chemicals.

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Pesticides may be used on organic food as long as they are not synthetic.

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Research notes that people may buy organic food based on psychological effects. In other words, the label “organic” can change perceptions of taste, calories, and value regardless of whether the food is organic or not.

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Organically reared cows burp up twice as much methane as conventionally reared cattle. Methane is 20 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2

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A hectare of conventionally farmed land produces 2½ times more potatoes than an organic one.

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While organic farmers say that they do not routinely treat their animals with antibiotics, a 2006 study found that a quarter of organic pigs had pneumonia compared to 4% of conventionally raised pigs and their piglets died twice as often.

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Organic milk is the fastest growing sector in the beverage market.